This morning we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent, and after 4:00 p.m. today we can begin to celebrate The Nativity of Our Lord. All around the country there will be children's Christmas pageants at 4:00 and other services of Holy Eucharist throughout the evening -- all the way to the classical "Midnight Mass." Then again tomorrow, on Christmas Day, we get to celebrate again with another service of Holy Eucharist.
At this annual celebration of the birth of our Savior we get a fresh start. Our spiritual clocks get reset as we are drawn once again into awe and wonder. We squint our eyes at the burst of light Jesus' birth brought about. We have to keep going back and looking at it year after year. We can only stand and stare.
Alleluias seem to come naturally as a response to this burst of light. As we keep going back for more, the light begins to reflect off our faces into the wider world. And this year, the world needs this light more than ever before.
So, go to the manger. Look at the Christ Child and his blessed mother. See Joseph protecting them. Stand and stare. It's good for your soul.
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek